Gear up for School with Tips for Oral Health

oral health in houston tx | Royal Dental When our children are quite young, we are mindful about just about every aspect of care they need. We feed at certain times, put them to bed when they need a nap, feed them healthy foods, and we take care of their growing teeth by brushing them. As babies grown into toddlers, and then into school aged children, they are progressively given more responsibilities. One place that you may be surprised to learn your child still needs help is in the area of oral care.

Cleaning Children’s Teeth

Did you know your child will need help brushing and flossing well beyond the time she starts going to school? Most children simply do not have the motor skills, nor the understanding and discipline, to care for their teeth without the assistance of a parent until about the age of 10. This does not mean that you have to insist on doing the job for your child. What it means is that they are best served if you continue to follow up on their brushing every single day. Check out their teeth, and encourage them to brush with proper technique by demonstrating this for them.

Sugar, the Dreaded Destroyer of Teeth

As you mentally prepare menus and school lunches for your children, you may be thinking of ways to cut sugar from their daily meals. Instead of sugary drinks, you may fill their lunch boxes with real juice, or with a sports drink that is low in sugar. While sugar consumption should be limited, it isn’t sugar, necessarily, that causes cavities. It is acid. Guess what has loads and loads of acid? Sports drinks and fruit juice. You may not have to completely cut out these items, but you should teach your child to rinse out her mouth after meals. This way, sugar and acid residue from food and drinks is diluted.

Additional Help

You and your child do not have to “go at it alone” when it comes to managing oral health once school has started. There are treatments, such as dental sealants and fluoride varnish, that can mitigate the factors that lead to cavities. Dental sealants, for instance, block debris from collecting in the deep pits that are present on the chewing surface of back teeth.

Gearing up for school means getting ready for busy schedules and much more. We can help you protect your children’s teeth. Schedule checkups and cleanings at Royal Dental today.

What Does it Mean When My Jaw Clicks or Pops?

Jaw clicking or popping within itself may not be a sign of a problem. However, it it is accompanied by other signs such as jaw pain, tenderness, aching around your ears, or locking of the jaw, it may could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. If you experience any of these signs you should visit your dentist so they can determine if you have TMJ disorder though an exam, and determine the best course of treatment.

Jaw Popping and Clicking in houston tx at royal dental USA

Non-TMJ Related Causes

  • Jaw Injury, such as a strong blow on the jaw can sometimes result in jaw clicking or popping.
  • Malocclusion, which is a misalignment on the teeth, can also cause clicking or popping of the jaw. Most of the time, this can be corrected by a dentists.
  • Poorly Fitting Dentures can result in a malocclusion and cause jaw clicking or popping.
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles, which can result in jaw problems and jaw clicking or popping.

When to See Your Dentist

These are just some of the most common causes of jaw clicking or popping, however, there are various causes and they can all potentially contribute to more serious problems if left untreated. If you experience clicking of the jaw, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain or tenderness, please consult with your dentist.

At Royal Dental we care about your oral health and overall well-being. If you are having issues with jaw clicking and popping or pain, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to evaluate your situation and provide you with information and treatment options when indicated.

Why Don’t My Dentures Fit Right Anymore?

If you’ve had your dentures for more than 3-5 years it’s possible that your dentures no longer fit correctly.

The bone of the mouth holds and supports the teeth, but did you also know that the teeth of our mouth help to support the bone? When the teeth are removed the bone looses the support once provided by the teeth and bones can atrophy and change shape over the years, leading to poorly fitting dentures. Diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and other illnesses can also cause changes to the shape of your mouth, so be sure to discuss any medical conditions with your dentist.

denture bone loss in houston tx at royal dental usa

Signs That Your Dentures Don’t Fit Right:

People often try to compensate for ill-fitting dentures by using more adhesive, but this is not only a poor solution but it can also lead to damage to your mouth and gums. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, then you may have dentures that no longer fit properly.

  1. Your Mouth Hurts
  2. Your Dentures Fall Out Often
  3. You Have Sores Along Your Dental Arch
  4. You Have Swelling in Your Gums
  5. You Have Thrush (an oral yeast infection)

Options For Poorly Fitting Dentures

If you notice any of these issue you should visit with your dentist to have them assess your current dentures. You may need to have new dentures crafted. Other options that you might consider are dental implants, which do not require any adhesive. Dental implants also have the benefit a long term solution that feel and function more like natural teeth.

If you are experiencing issues with your dentures, please feel free to contact Royal Dental for an appointment. We’d be honored to help you achieve a comfortable smile that you are proud of.

Know the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

oral cancer in houston texas at royal dental usaApril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. With oral cancer rates on the rise it is important to understand the signs and symptoms that may indicate an oral cancer.

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, inside the mouth, the throat, tonsils, or salivary glands. Oral cancer can be fatal, with a 5 year survival rate of roughly 50 percent. One of the main reasons for oral cancer patient’s poor prognosis is a failure to detect the cancer early. Identifying symptoms of oral cancer is the key to successful treatment.

When Should I See a Dentist?

You should make an appointment with your dentist if you have any unexplained, persistent signs and symptoms that last more than two weeks.

See Your Dentist If Any of the Following Last Longer Than 2 Weeks:

  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • An unexplained pain in your mouth or ear
  • An unexplained lump in your neck
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or mouth
  • Jaw swelling that makes dentures hurt or fit poorly
  • Unexplained loosening of the teeth
  • Unexplained pain in the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes

In most cases it probably won’t be cancer, but it’s better to be on the safe side and see your dentist. If oral cancer is present, getting it diagnosed as soon as possible will help ensure that any treatment is as effective as possible.

Regular Dental Visits are Key

You won’t always be able to spot the earliest warning signs of oral cancer, which is why regular check-ups with both your dentist and physician are so important. Your dentist is trained to detect early warning signs of oral cancer, so be sure to make regular checkups a part of your life.

If you don’t have a regular dentist, we would like to invite you to come visit us at your local Royal Dental office. We have 7 dental offices in the Greater Houston area to serve you and your family’s dental needs.

I Have Dark Spots on My Teeth. What Can I Do?

dark spots teeth royal dental houston texasMaintaining a bright smile can do wonders for your self-confidence. As time goes by and your teeth become worn, they might appear less than sparkling white. You may even notice the appearance of brown or yellow spots on the surface of your teeth. Should you at any point become unsatisfied with the way your teeth look, you have options to revitalize your smile.

To ensure that your teeth remain spotless for as long as possible following your repair efforts, it’s important to realize why your teeth may have developed spots in the first place.

Cavities or enamel dematerialization – Tooth decay can occur anywhere on a tooth, including the outer surface of your teeth.

Superficial stains – Drinking coffee, tea, and/or wine on a regular basis can leave lasting marks on your teeth. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can also leave similar stains.

Old fillings or crowns – Restorative dental materials can become weaker over time. Consequently, they’re more susceptible to discoloration.

In the occurrence that you experience some degree of tooth decay, scheduling an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible for composite fillings is the best course of action.

Otherwise, teeth whitening products or services can resolve most, if not all, of your teeth discoloration issues. In general, you have three options to whiten your teeth.

Drug store teeth whitening products – Commercial pastes and trays have limited benefits. While they may be less expensive, solution seeping from ill-fitted trays can cause gum irritation and results can be short-lived.

Professional teeth whitening services – Royal Dental office teeth whitening can provide lasting results in as little as one visit. Depending on the severity of discoloration, this is most often the most effective option.

Professional strength take-home kits – As opposed to over-the-counter products, Royal Dental take-home kits include custom fitted trays with a hydrogen peroxide gel-like solution. Trays can be worn from one hour to overnight as recommended by your dentist. This option also provides exceptional results.

To best maintain results, be sure to remain diligent with your dental hygiene home care.

If you have any questions about which option will best to resolve your specific condition, feel free to contact Royal Dental for an appointment. We’d be thrilled to help you achieve your brightest smile yet!

Royal Dental Participates in Much-Anticipated Baytown Family Expo

The Royal Dental team is proudly participating in the much-anticipated Baytown Family Expo on March 7, 2015 at Sterling High School Commons! The community event whose proceeds will benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center East is perfect for parents who are in the lookout for what’s new in meeting the needs of their growing family — from expectant moms to stay-at-home-dads to grandparents. Youngsters can also look forward to a wide variety of fun-filled activities during the expo. Babies can even participate in the exciting diaper derby!

 

The Royal Dental team will be participating as an exhibitor and will be available for all manner of family dental concerns — may it be TMJ treatment for dad, oral cancer screening for the grannies, or teaching new parents how to prevent baby bottle decay.

 

Expo participants can also expect demos, highly  informative workshops, and awesome giveaways from exhibitors specializing in Pregnancy & Infancy,  Green Living, Parties & Entertainment, Camps & Schools, and Home & Family Resources. Plus, every parent attending the expo will be receiving a goody bag chock-full of freebies and special offers exclusive for expo participants only.

 

Tickets can be bought cash-only on site or may be purchased ahead of time online until March 6. Ticket price is at $5 per person and $10 per family ( 3 or more). Children under 12, seniors, and military members can get in for free. All proceeds of the event will be passed on to Pregnancy Resource Center East.

 

With exhibitors from a wide gamut of business niches and backgrounds in Baytown and neighboring areas, the Baytown Family Expo aims to provide a venue for families to meet, learn, make informed buying decisions, and have fun at the same time.


The Royal Dental Group can’t wait to meet you all at the Baytown Family Expo. See you there!

How to Avoid Having “Golden” Teeth

Over time, the teeth can lose their natural whiteness and take on a yellowish hue. But aging is not the only factor causing teeth to yellow. You golden teethcould be exacerbating the problem without knowing it. Although our patients at Royal Dental can bring back their dazzling smile through teeth whitening, we still encourage them to avoid having “golden” teeth. Here are some tips to prevent that from happening.

Keep your teeth clean.

You know the drill; brush daily. Just be careful to avoid exerting too much force on the teeth when you brush.

Floss regularly.

This could be a basic hygiene tip, yet many people often forget, or avoid flossing daily. The truth is that plaque can collect in between the teeth, as well as at the gum line. Such areas are magnets for stains, so flossing will make a difference.

Here’s another reason to stop smoking.

In addition to its other more serious health risks, smoking yellows your teeth.

Be aware of what you drink.

Dark-colored beverages such as coffee, colas, and tea stain your teeth. Drink them in moderation and brush after you do.

Restore your beautiful smile with teeth whitening at Royal Dental. Book an appointment by calling (713) 330-7700 or filling out this form today. We would love to hear from you!

Need a Root Canal? Get it Right Away!

root canal in houston tx at royal dental usaTooth decay has to be treated right away to prevent further complications — such as an infection in the root canal. This is a part of the tooth where the tooth pulp is found, and when the pulp, too, is infected, you’re in for some serious trouble. Here at Royal Dental, we regularly perform root canal in Houston to help patients keep their beautiful smile.

Retain Your Tooth with a Root Canal

A root canal procedure involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp inside of the tooth. Once it is removed, the area is carefully cleaned and disinfected. It is then filled and sealed to prevent any debris and bacteria from entering and further damaging the tooth. To restore the tooth’s normal function, a crown or a filling is often used to support it.

Benefits of a Root Canal Procedure

The first thing that may come to mind when it comes to tooth decay is getting the tooth removed — ASAP. But who wants to be one tooth less, right? With a root canal procedure, the natural tooth is saved and you get to keep a complete set of teeth.

For one, chewing can be done easily and efficiently. It also provides a normal, evenly distributed biting force and sensation, preventing every tooth from getting some sort of fracture or injury with an uneven bite. Lastly, you can keep your beautiful and complete smile. Flashing a complete smile for others to see is so much better than showing one with a missing tooth somewhere.

Root Canal in Houston, TX

Know more about your root canal treatment from our experts here at Royal Dental. Call us today at 713-330-7700 to request an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make Dental Treatments Smooth with Sedation

sedation dentistry at royal dental usa in houston texasA trip to the dentist, especially for a dental procedure, usually brings out the anxiety in you. The sound of drills against your teeth is definitely not pleasant to the ears. Once your fears start to overflow, it would be so easy to drown in them and postpone the procedure altogether. Worse, you may even think of canceling them.

To relieve you from all your worries, you have to know that here is such a thing as sedation dentistry. Here are the reasons why sedation dentistry is a must-try:

  • It is pain-free. What else do you need?

Of course, we are often worried about getting dental treatments because we think the procedures are painful. Sedation takes all the pain away and relieves a great amount of your anxiety as well.

  • Dental visits will be quicker.

The procedure will not only be smooth, but will also be done quickly. Since sedated patients do not feel any anxiety during treatment, they are more likely to coordinate with the dentist all throughout the procedure. With this, the job is properly and swiftly done.

  • You can relax during a dental procedure.

Patients who are sedated will feel relaxed during the procedure. Those who have certain conditions that hinder them from controlling their movements, such as Parkinson’s, can benefit from sedation dentistry and have a successful dental treatment.

Oral Sedation in Houston

Many have already experienced the wonders of sedation dentistry. You can be one of them, too! Contact us at (713) 330-7700 to schedule an appointment with one of our dental experts here at Royal Dental and know how you can have a smooth dental procedure with sedation dentistry.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Dental Trip

Pediatric dentistry in houston tx | Royal DentalYou and your little one will have to undergo through the struggle of a first dental visit — at least, that’s how most parents look at it. Many of us make the mistake of assuming that kids will dread their first meeting with the dentist, but that’s not usually the case.

If you, like your kid, are a newbie to this experience, here are some of the things you can do as you prepare your child for his or her first dental visit.

  • While your child still does not have a dentist of his or her own, the first thing you would most likely consider is to bring him or her to your own dentist. However, some dental specialists may not have enough knowledge about a child’s dental cycle and may not be able to provide your kiddo with the proper care and treatment. Because of this, it is essential to find a pediatric dentist for your child. These dentists have extensive knowledge on your child’s oral health and know how to deal with children during dental appointments.
  • Prepare a list of your child’s current medical conditions and medications taken to give to his or her dentist. It would also help to have the dentist’s contact number handy in case of any missed out information.
  • Inform the dentist if your child has any oral habits, such as thumb-sucking or doing so on a bottle or a pacifier. This habit can affect the condition of your child’s teeth and jaw.
  • Talk to your child. Let him or her be aware of what’s going to happen on the day of the dental appointment. This will help greatly in keeping your kid’s anxieties and fears away.

Children’s Dentistry in Houston, TX

If you need a trusted and experienced dentist for your child, give us a call at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation with one of our dental experts here at Royal Dental. You can also fill out this online contact form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

    Join mailing list.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  Dentist Reviews